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Last week, the Landmark's Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously voted to designate The Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District in Harlem for its contributions made by African Americans who resided and worked in the neighborhood and for its mostly intact streetscape composed of Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival-style buildings dating back to the turn of the 19th century.

Situated adjacent to the landmarked Striver's Row Historic District, the district is closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Indeed, several buildings were the sites of important activist work that include the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (the first African-American trade union), and the homes of W.E.B. DuBois and Walter F. White, president of the NAACP. On the artistic side. 580 St. Nicholas Avenue hosted “the Harlem West Side Literary Salon,” which furthered the careers of such luminaries as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. Other notable residents include actress Ethel Waters and sculptor Augusta Savage.

“The Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District has beautiful, historically intact architecture and streetscapes, and incredible cultural and historical significance.” -Sarah Carroll, Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission

Dorrance Brooks Square Dorrance Brooks Square Historic Distict (Landmarks Preservation Commission)
The newly created district encompasses two large swaths of Harlem - from West 136th Street to 140th Streets, and from St. Nicholas Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. It is a largely residential neighborhood known for its rowhouses, tree-lined streets, and access to large parks and subway service. The historic district historic is the first to be named in honor of a Black American, and the honor comes less than 100 years after Dorrance Square Park was designated in honor of a Black serviceman who served with the Harlem Hellfighters during World War I.
Below, check out some of the rare availabilities in this beautiful, and now-protected slice of New York City.
Dorrance Brooks Square Historic Building Google Earth view of northwest Harlem

From the Listing: This Queen Anne 17.5 foot wide, limestone 4 family home, is located on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of Central Harlem. The owner's triplex has 2 separate entrances. The parlor level, with 12' ceilings, has 3 bedrooms and a bath. Head downstairs to the open chef kitchen with stainless steel appliances, modern cabinets, ample counter space (that includes a breakfast bar), and then opens to a large dining area. To the rear of the garden, level is your living room that leads to your private garden oasis. There is also a finished basement adding more value to this home. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Step into a time of undeniable elegance and unparalleled style. This Victorian brownstone, built in 1899, has managed to preserve the historical culture of its time, while seamlessly incorporating modern fixtures and contemporary, understated finishes. Nestled near Strivers's; Row a neighborhood known the world over for its prominence during the Harlem Renaissance is a veritable gem; a 4,128 square foot quiet oasis within the bustle of the city. Clad in authentic mahogany, vintage cherry trim, and original pocket doors, this home speaks to a time when expert craftsmanship was a source of pride in quality.

From the beautifully adorned entryway, to the intricately laid hardwood floors; from the completely renovated bathrooms and kitchens, to the showroom-new, stainless steel appliances it is clear that every detail has not only been considered, but embraced. 5 floors (including a complete basement), 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a private backyard is any New Yorker's dream. With not one, but six fireplaces, this home easily drifts away from one's dreams deferred into an attainable fantasy.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 226 West 137th Street is an Italianate style multi-family townhouse built in 1910 located on an attractive tree-lined Street between Frederick Douglas Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell. This 3 family brownstone has an owner's duplex, and two 2-bedroom floor-through apartments to generate additional income. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Just the coziest, romantic one bedroom you'll find anywhere. Your own private roof terrace for the COVID getaway and future peace of mind, working fireplace for the snowy days. Friendly and supportive intimate mid-block Condominium with extremely low monthlies. New laundry in the building. Pin-drop quiet, no one above you or adjoining. Hardwood floors, Striver's Row vicinity block beautiful. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 226 W. 137th Street is located on Striver's Row. This brightly lit 2 Bedroom/1 Bath apartment is around 900 sqft.No Broker Fee. Subway and Bus Stops Conveniently Nearby (B/C/2/3 trains) No pets permitted. 1st Month Rent and 1st Month Security Deposit Required See floor plan and full details here.

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